Yea Chess

Yea Chess

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 11 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.87
  • Total Downloads:
    24,458
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 30, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    73.26KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    45
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #16 in Board Games

Editors' Review

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Playing chess against a computer is supposed to be Mr. Spock's territory, but there's nothing stopping you from pitting your skills against a cybernetic opponent, thanks to Yea Chess by Drazen Beljan. It's a free chess-playing program that uses artificial intelligence and your computer's processing power to test your chess-playing ability at various skill levels.

Yea Chess is portable freeware that requires no installation; you can copy it to a USB stick or other portable device and always have access to your saved games. The program's interface is a chessboard with Game, Option, and Homepage file menus and control arrows for initiating moves along the bottom and numbers and letters along either axis. When you hover the cursor over your pieces, it takes the form of a pointing finger that lets you make quick and easy moves by clicking a piece and then clicking the square you want to move it to. You can zoom the rather compact view up to 250 percent on the Options menu, which also accesses the computer strength level settings; we used the rather low default setting, level 8 of 10. We clicked Game and selected New Game as Black, which shifted the black pieces from the top of the board to the bottom. The computer initiated play by advancing the White Queen's pawn, a classic opening move. We responded, and the computer instantaneously responded with a countermove. Yea Chess won't let you make wrong moves, but it'll sure let you make bad ones! Although we deliberately played an abbreviated game to test the program's moves, we expected to lose; Yea Chess achieved checkmate in eight moves. Clicking Save Game at current position saved the game in the program's folder, a nice touch that keeps things together in one location.

We're definitely living in the future when something from "Star Trek" becomes reality. Yea Chess not only gives you a challenging match but also helps you refine your game. It's easy to use and fun, too, if you don't mind losing a lot!

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"It came with a built in browser hijacker."

December 07, 2013  |  By fargo721

 |  Version: Yea Chess 4.84

Pros

NONE, There really aren't any

Cons

Had about blank virus,

Summary

Don't even think about it.

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4 stars

"good chess program"

July 13, 2012  |  By ajbuchan

 |  Version: Yea Chess 4.84

Pros

compact chess game

Cons

no tutor mode

Summary

i like it for the price (free!)

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2 stars

"It has a bug"

July 01, 2012  |  By apennoot32

 |  Version: Yea Chess 4.84

Pros

The game is strong

Cons

The game has a bug, the game makes an illegal move. When i move white pawn G2 to G4 then black will move pawn H4 to G3.(strength level 15)

White(You) Black
1. e3 Nf6
2. Nc3 e5
3. d4 e4
4. f3 d5
5. Nh3 Nc6
6. Nf4 Bb4
7. a3 Bxc3+
8. bxc3 g5
9. Ne2 h5
10. h3 Rg8
11. a4 h4
12. Ba3 Ne7
13. Rb1 Nf5
14. Qd2 b6
15. a5 Ba6
16. Rg1 Qc8
17. Rb2 Bc4
18. Rb4 Qa6
19. Kf2 O-O-O

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4 stars

"Not for beginners!"

July 15, 2011  |  By roar777

 |  Version: Yea Chess 4.72

Pros

Fast, small, convenient program. Sliding scale difficulty from 1 to 10.

Cons

Difficulty of 1 is still pretty hard for me as a beginner. Don't download this program if you're just getting into the game like I am.

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5 stars

"Simple interface and strong play."

May 14, 2011  |  By eightwings

 |  Version: Yea Chess 4.69

Pros

Strong play. Very small executable compared to other chess programs. Pleasant and zoomable 2-D graphics. 10 play levels. Load/save options. Free. The author (Drazen) apparently writes free game programs as a hobby. Amazing.

Cons

I could not find anything wrong with this program.

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5 stars

"Surprisingly Powerful"

May 04, 2011  |  By wwebster100000000000

 |  Version: Yea Chess 4.69

Pros

Simple, clean and very powerful.
Very small footprint on the drive - 80KB

Cons

Not so easy for a beginner.

Summary

If you know how to play chess and have moved past the initial learning stage, this program will challenge you for a long time to come.

There are no bells and whistles just straight forward analytical move sequences. I have played chess for almost 30 years and have 'Chessmaster' 10th edition on my computer. When I came across 'Yea Chess' on CNET, I downloaded it out of curiosity. Naturally, I played it on level 10 (top level) against the top Chessmaster level over a 20 minute timed game. To my absolute surprise, Yea Chess won!
I've done this 9 times so far and Yea Chess has won 6 times and drawn once.

To put simply, all computer chess games play with pure mathematical logic based on combinations and permutations. Consequently, most computer chess games become predictable after awhile. But analyzing the moves after a Yea Chess game, you could be forgiven for thinking this game plays with human strategy. It will open 90% of the time with the Dunst opening (N-C3) and continues with a combination of attacking and defensive play through out.

If you're a novice or a club champion chess player, give it a go. It wont disappoint.

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4 stars

"Good one. I recommend."

February 09, 2011  |  By jamesnjawja

 |  Version: Yea Chess 4.41

Pros

Small, easy to use, well done.

Cons

I have no complaint personally. No bells and whistles just a compact chesser.

Summary

Definitely!

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5 stars

"Extremely strong Chess program"

May 02, 2010  |  By jlecorre

 |  Version: Yea Chess 3.26

Pros

Plays fast
Stronger than many commercial programs (e.g. ChessMaster 10)
Free
No strings

Cons

Probably too strong for average player
Even at lowest strength, plays at a 2000+ ELO rating

Summary

Fantastic value
Would be better if it's strength was reduced at lower levels.

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4 stars

"un trees bon jeux d echec pour apprendre"

December 15, 2009  |  By HervĂ© M

 |  Version: Yea Chess 3.23

Pros

niveua reglabe de l ordinateur

Cons

la taille de la fenetre

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4 stars

"simple and lightweight"

October 28, 2009  |  By martinyk

 |  Version: Yea Chess 3.03

Pros

does as stated in description .

Cons

no complain

Summary

simple and lightweight

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.87
Version 4.87 fixes bugs and introduces a new option.
General
Publisher Drazen Beljan
Publisher web site http://free-zd.t-com.hr/drazen
Release Date November 29, 2014
Date Added November 30, 2014
Version 4.87
Category
Category Games
Subcategory Board Games
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 73.26KB
File Name YeaChess.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 24,458
Downloads Last Week 45
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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